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ON THIS DAY…… 20th November 1900

Convict George Cairns Bradshaw

George Cairns Bradshaw, a married man, was charged with an unlawful assault upon Jane Bateman at Terang, on 20th October. Mr Garnet appeared to prosecute for the Crown. On being arraigned, the prisoner pleaded guilty and was returned to the cell whilst His Honour perused the Police Court depositions. On being again placed in the dock, the judge remarked that it was a fortunate circumstance for accused that the young woman had been vigorous enough to resist the attempt he had made, otherwise he might have been standing his trial for his life. The written appeal made to him by prisoner stating that the whole affair was the result of drink, was no excuse, and the fact that his wife and two children would be the sufferers of his punishment could not be allowed to weigh with him in awarding his verdict. It was as a deterrent to others, not as vengeance against accused. that he was compelled to severely deal with him. He ordered was ordered on this day in 1900 to five years’ imprisonment in the Geelong gaol, the last month but one of the sentence to be spent in solitary confinement.

On this day …….. 25th May 1870

Bushranger Captain Thunderbolt was born Frederick Ward at Wilberforce near Windsor, NSW, in 1836. As an excellent horseman, his specialty was horse stealing. For this, he was sentenced in 1856 to ten years on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. On 1 July 1860, Ward was released on a ticket-of-leave to work on a farm at Mudgee. While he was on ticket-of-leave, he returned to horse-stealing, and was again sentenced to Cockatoo Island. Conditions in the gaol were harsh, and he endured solitary confinement a number of times. On the night of 11 September 1863, he and another inmate escaped from the supposedly escape-proof prison by swimming to the mainland. After his escape, Ward embarked on a life of bushranging, under the name of Captain Thunderbolt. Much of his bushranging was done around the small NSW country town of Uralla. A rock originally known as “Split Rock” became known as “Thunderbolt’s Rock”. After a six-year reign as a “gentleman bushranger”, Thunderbolt was allegedly shot dead by Constable Alexander Walker on 25 May 1870. However, there remains some contention as to whether it was actually Thunderbolt who was killed, or his brother William, also known as ‘Harry’.

On This Day ……. 28th April 1864

William Gilmore was charged with shouting MURDER in the gaol yard, charge by senior turnkey, was given 3 days in solitary confinement on bread and water.

 

On This Day – 28th March 1863

Convict William Gilmore was charged at the Geelong Gaol with disobedience of orders by Turnkey Andrews and was sentenced to 24 hours solitary confinement by Governor Charles Brodie.

On This Day – 24th March 1858

Convict Mary Cameron was charged at the Geelong Gaol with misconduct by the Acting Matron and sentenced to 7 days in solitary confinement and half rations by The Gaoler.

 

 

On This Day – 24th March 1863

Convict William Gilmore was charged at the Geelong Gaol with disobedience of orders by the Senior Turnkey and was sentenced to 24 hours solitary confinement by Governor Charles Brodie.

 

On This Day – 13th March 1867

Convict William Henry Strut was charged at the Geelong Gaol, with disobedience of orders by Turnkey Wheatland and was sentenced to 48 hours solitary confinement with bread and water by the Governor.

 

 

On This Day – 13th March 1867

Convict Elizabeth O’Connor was charged at the Geelong Gaol with disobedience of orders by the Female Turnkey Mary Byrne and was sentenced to 48 hours solitary confinement with bread and water by the Governor.

 

 

On This Day – 11th March 1862

Convict Ellen Donovan was charged at the Geelong Gaol with Insolence to the Matron and was sentenced to 24 hours solitary confinement by The Gaoler.

 

 

On This Day – 11th March 1858

Convict John Sullivan was charged at Geelong gaol, with misconduct by The Gaoler and sentenced to 6 days solitary confinement by The Gaoler.

 

 

On This Day – 24th February 1860

Convict William Meuct was charged with insolence to a Senior Turnkey on this day in 1860. Meuct was charged by turnkey, was given 24 hours in solitary confinement on bread and water.

 

 

On This Day – 20th February 1867

Convict James Kenny was charge with disobedience of orders, on this day in 1867. Kenny was charged by turnkey Jones and given 48 hours in solitary confinement with bread and water.